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8 Days Health and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Farm of Life, Barucito, San José Province, Costa Rica


Secrets of Stillness Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Secrets of Stillness retreat is an opportunity to work with Secret, who has 30 plus years of experience in yoga and Hands On Healing teacher training. Each day will include a hands on trade with your colleagues guided by Secret, yoga teacher training, and classes and education on health and healing offered by Secret and the team at the Farm of Life.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Sound healing and ecstatic dance class
  • Campfire gatherings under an open sky
  • Daily vegetarian Ayurvedic meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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All guests will be staying at Farm of Life. This is an exclusive, intimate retreat center, and one of only a handful of retreats. Your accommodations are charming, comfortable shared rooms with exquisite views, fully equipped with internet, electricity, screened windows, ceiling fans, flush toilets, and hot showers.

The yoga rancho is built of natural materials, and sits at the highest point on the farm, backed up to a dense forest and facing majestic ocean views. It is a space of serenity. The harvest house is the farm’s central gathering place for meals, recreation, and wellness programs. This large rancho under a thatched roof has a kitchen, dining hall, and lounging area.

This is a space for relaxing in a hammock or on the sofa, sitting down for a conversation, and sharing meals. The Harvest House enjoys pleasant breezes, cool temperatures, and incredible views of the valley and evening sunsets.

Butterfly suite

  • Balcony with hammock and rocking chairs
  • Charming private bungalow for up to two guests
  • Near the dining hall
  • Private tiled bathroom
  • Spectacular views
  • Queen bed

Cabin in the orchard

  • Built entirely of wood, with purple heart, and cedar
  • Nestled in a fruit orchard and surrounded by ylang ylang trees
  • Large windows and French doors
  • One king bed or two twin beds
  • Private outdoor bath
  • Spacious porch with rocking chairs and direct view of sunset
  • Next to the dining hall

Coconut and monkey house

  • Epic views of the mountains and to the distant Pacific ocean
  • Large balcony with hammocks and rocking chairs
  • Near the yoga rancho and a short walk to the dining hall
  • Private bath with beautiful outdoor shower
  • Spacious and private
  • Stunningly beautiful premier accommodations up to four guests
  • Two queen beds and walk-in closet

Toucan and macaw

  • Balcony with hammock and rocking chairs
  • Near the dining hall
  • Private tiled bathrooms
  • Side by side bunk rooms, accommodating up to four guests in each
  • Spectacular view
  • Two sets of bunks in each cabin

Farm of Life’s favorite energy worker and healer, Secret, brings together a retreat of expert body workers and emerging healers for a truly unique and authentic experience. Everyone is given a chance to learn, to give and receive and to rest deeply. During this retreat, Secret teaches her bio-dialectic hands-on healing and everyone practices on one another.

Bio-dialetic, Secret’s special brand of energy work, is about listening to the body’s truth and divine intelligence, honoring it, and witnessing the healing unfold. If you looking to become a hands-on healer or if you already have skills you want to share, then you would definitely benefit from this retreat.

What is bio-dialectic?

Bio-dialectic is Secret’s own term for her work which is a combination of her lifelong experience in healing. It literally means a conversation in search of the truth on the level of the biology and the biosphere of the client and the practitioner. With roots in bio-dynamic craniosacral bodywork, bio-dialectic is a modality for listening to the body and assisting in the self-healing process.

Bio refers to the human biology, the energy and anatomy of the body, and dialectic was popularized by Plato and means “the art of investigating or discussing the truth of opinions”. Together they form what is the search of truth in the moment for that person.

  • Baru beach
  • Nauyaca waterfall
  • Peace falls
  • Secret Fine

    Secret is known as a teacher's teacher and has been teaching yoga since 2000. Secret has studied with many teachers and after 30 years, she has cultivated her own integrative teacher style with a variety ranging from very active to restorative. Alignment is a major part of her teaching style yet she gives time for silent reflection. She has studied classical north Indian music, Vedanta, and founded her own healing work called "bio-dialectic", a synthesis of bio dynamic craniosacral therapy; yogic energetic principles Thai massage, and other techniques.

This retreat will take place in the Southwest coastal region of Costa Rica. Farm of Life is specifically located in the outskirts of a rural mountain village called San Salvador, located halfway between Dominical and San Isidro.

Nearby places

  • Dominical - 40 minutes
  • San Isidro - 40 minutes
  • San Jose - 4 hours
  • Hiking
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Wave boarding nearby
  • Zip lining nearby
  • Balcony
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lake nearby
  • Lounge
  • River nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Internet access
  • Tour assistance

The price of this retreat includes daily healthy and cleansing meals. All meals will follow a 100% raw, 100% delicious, low-fat vegan plan. The extra simple diet will facilitate maximum awareness and cleansing. The benefits of a truly healthful raw diet and natural lifestyle are too numerous to list!

A healthy, cleansed, and detoxified body brings about a healthy mind and balanced emotions. Exciting and unprecedented spiritual growth can be expected, along with daily experiences of profound joy. It’s been said that knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.

Please be aware that during this retreat, you will be consuming only fresh natural fruits and vegetables. No processed foods, no grains, no animal products, and no coffee. Just the sun-kissed, earth-nourished foods nature intended for your body! If you want other food ingredients, please bring your own (nuts, seeds, super-foods, seaweed, grains, or foods that you may want to eat that is not provided).

Assistance and support will be given if you are not yet familiar with this level of natural diet. You will be sure to experience a healthful whole-body cleanse.

A range of unique experiences and adventures are available to book in conjunction with the scheduled activities for an extra cost. These include incredible waterfalls, scenic hikes, and adventures!


Visit beautiful, unspoiled stretches of beaches in Dominical, a popular surfer-tourist beach with shopping and restaurants. This journey will take about 45-minutes’ drive, as beaches are not within walking distance. Dominical is a popular place to surf, bodysurf, wade in caves, and enjoy a picnic under coconut palms. The cost of this activity can cost up to 45 USD per person, depending on which beach and driving distance.

Diamante sanctuary and waterfalls

An epic waterfall with a garden sanctuary, shaman’s cave, and majestic swimming holes. Be blown away by extraordinary beauty and fun, all-day hiking, and playing. The cost of this activity is 35 USD per person.

Hike to Joya del Sol

Join in the hike to the Jewel of the Sun for an exhilarating workout and cool off in the waterfalls and swimming holes along the way. The cost of this activity is 5 USD per person.

Hike to Peace falls

Hike to a private piece of paradise. These falls are quaint, intimate, and intoxicating! The cost of this activity is 12 USD per person.

Horseback riding

Ride the local roads on horseback with Rancho Tranquilo and Linda’s gorgeous horses. The cost of this activity is 50 USD per person.

Nayaca waterfall

An amazing waterfall with two majestic drops, a large swimming pool, and caves. The cost of this activity is 15 USD per person, including a 30-minute hike to access the falls.


Take up surfing lessons at the world-renowned surfing beach Dominical.

Visit to an organic farm

Learn about living sustainably and organically on permaculture tours at nearby farms. The cost of this activity is 25 USD per person.

Zip lining and canopy tours

Go bird watching and other eco-thrills at Hacienda Baru, a coastal wildlife refuge, featuring incredible biological and eco-diversity. The cost of this activity is 35 USD per person.

You can book a massage on site with a reservation for an extra cost.

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • Campfire gatherings under an open sky amidst the moon and stars
  • Daily gyrotonic classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily vegetarian Ayurvedic meals
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Ecstatic dance class
  • Included tours with transportation to tours
  • Instruction of Qigong meditation, water aerobics, and sun gazing
  • Sacred plant medicine
  • Sound healing and ecstatic dance class
  • Airfare
  • Gratuity
  • Optional bodywork sessions with amazing healers of Diamante Valley
  • San Jose hotel

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Farm of Life will pick you up from the airport.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Farm of Life an inquiry.
  • Review by a traveler from Los Angeles, California
    10 out of 10

    "This place is a little bit of heaven in every way. The beautiful lush green hills and jungles that spill out the most amazing fruit you've ever tasted. The breathtaking sunsets. The quiet evenings. But more than that the community here, everyone cooking together in the kitchen and sitting around to share fruit and delicious food with one another throughout the day. The waterfalls that are just waiting to be explored.Jodi and Brian do an amazing job of creating a retreat that is both restful and growing at the same time. If you're going on your own, you'll totally design your own time with their full support. If you're looking for a quiet writing retreat- you'll find it. If you're looking for a radical health improvement- you'll find that too. You will love every second of being on the farm. And don't let fears about not being raw vegan stop you from going- this place is totally accepting and supportive. You will make amazing friendships, see so much wonder in nature, and leave feeling incredible."

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  • Review by BillVanArsdale from Naples, Florida
    10 out of 10

    " The many facets in this gem of a mountain retreat offer guests a variety of experiences rarely found anywhere. Hidden away at the top of Costa Rican mountain roads that change from asphalt to gravel to rocky, rutted clay with each turn (four wheel drive required if you are driving yourself,) when you finally arrive at the heights of Finca de Vida, you know you are about as far from the rat race as you can get. Deep valleys fall away toward the distant sea, quilted with patches of tropical grasses, shrubs and tree canopies in every shade of green. At this elevation, all you hear is nature; the birds, frogs, and an occasional distant howler monkey.Owners Brian and Jody Calvi had a vision of creating a place for guests to connect; with nature, with each other, and each with his or her own health. They have succeeded in a most beautiful way.In the common house, guests enjoy an open kitchen of fresh, local, organic veggies and fruits with all the requisite blenders, choppers and juicers required to whip up the most healthy live food concoctions imaginable. Papaya, mangos, bananas became my staples to which I added a variety of greens for lunches and dinners, washed down with an endless supply of fresh coconut water. I also opted in for several specially prepared vegetarian dinners, both raw and cooked. After about only five days of this, I felt wonderfully energized and healthy, and vow to continue this raw food lifestyle.The cabins are all appropriately rustic yet very comfortable, with screens, large bathrooms, plenty of hot water, and porches with hammocks. There is only space for about 14 guests, with a couple of new guest cottages being built this summer, so before long everyone connects and shares in most delightful ways. Farm of Life seems to attract a lot of people who seekers of greater knowledge of health and higher consciousness, so conversations are often quite open, heartfelt, and interesting should one be so inclined.While we were not there during one of the many formal retreats led by a variety of teaches and trainers, one of the guests offered a breath workshop that many of us attended that was quite amazing, and you can sign up for yoga classes, massages and a variety of day trips.This is waterfall country, and Finca de Vida is blessed with several of the best in Costa Rica witihin short, bouncy drives followed by short, relatively easy walks or long, strenuous hikes. The Nayaca falls are not to be missed. One of my favorite hikes was down the ravine to the next ridge to visit the neighbor, Eric, who is nurturing a small permaculture farm. He is so beautifully connected to his land, living a life of balance and understanding with the flora and fauna. (When I asked him how he protected his banana trees from the monkeys, he said, Simple, I plant banana trees for them down by the forest near the river where they like to hang out, so they leave mine alone.) Eric offers a tour of his farm for a reasonable fee that is highly recommended if you are interested in permaculture and this somewhat idyllic lifestyle. Brian also gives guest tours of the Farm of Life. There are also day trips to tour the beaches around Dominical.The best part of all of this is the price. Brian and Jody want to introduce this healthy, raw food lifestyle to everyone, including to people who may think they cannot afford to stay a week or two, or even a whole month to regain their health. With all the healthy fruits and veggies you can eat, this has to be one of the best values in world. So looking forward to going back!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Edinburgh, United Kihngdom
    10 out of 10

    "Jody and Brian have picked a fabulous setting for this amazing retreat centre. The Mountains are beautiful, all the fruit trees and nice smelling bushes, birds, butterflies and the jungle sounds bring about a sense of calm and connection. The accommodation is really cozy and tastefully done keeping with the tone of the surroundings. I loved my room and outdoor shower (completely private), with bamboo, beautiful wood and a lovely pink hibiscus bush. I had a private balcony to take in the views. The kitchen and eating area has fab views across the valley, everything you need, nice chilled music, lots of books and info to read. It's great having so much fruit and veg on offer, freshly harvested by the dream team at the farm. I loved just having a look at what had just been picked then making whatever I fancied. So so tasty, I especially loved the Mangos and salad leaves. YUM.Everyone at the farm is really chilled, happy, open, smilely. The team make this a great experience, they are around to help at all times. They want you to have the best possible experience. The information passed on is immense. Jody and Brian have so much knowledge and are so openly willing to share that. I had massage, reiki, tibetian bowls, acupuncture, ( latter 3 from Brian) which were something special.I genuinely feel like a different person from my experience on the farm. I will definitely be back next year :-). Thanks to all the team at Finca de Vida for opening your hearts which in turn has allowed me to do the same. Operation LOVE , bring in the green and the love :-) xxxxx"

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Dominical, Costa Rica

Farm of Life is the ultimate vacation for a healthy lifestyle and natural healing center. You will thrive on nutritious foods, be thrilled by eco-adventures, and find respite in natural sanctuaries!

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9 days / 8 nights


Arrival: Saturday April 1, 2017
Departure: Sunday April 9, 2017

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